In general, a healthy way of living (healthy food, no smoking, and control of body weight) and frequent, moderate exercise may help to reduce discomforts caused by arthritis.
Depending on the severity of arthritis, however, there are several possibilities to treat joint inflammations with drugs. The medication can include so-called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or diclofenac for the fast relief of pain and corticoids for the rapid reduction of inflammation. So-called disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as leflunomide. If patients do not respond to DMARDs adequately, they may receive biologic drugs, which are often used in combination with methotrexate or leflunomide.
If joint destruction has developed very rapidly despite treatment, a surgery and maybe a joint replacement might be necessary.
In addition to all this physical therapy methods, social care, physical therapy, and the exchange of experience in self-help groups may help you to better cope with your disease.